How To Recharge In Minutes: Free Self Care Checklist.

Kids come in all shapes and sizes with amazing little personalities.
I happen to have two boisterous,  active, funny little kids, with larger than life personalities.
While this makes our day crazy, hectic and somewhat frantic, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, I often find myself needing time to recharge my batteries over a cup of coffee which hasn’t gone cold! In this post, we will discuss ways you can look after yourself without spending hours away from home or spending tons of cash.  Download our free self care checklist and chose one of our 5-minute self-care activities for a quick recharge, or 30 minutes if you’ve got more time!
Like most kids,  mine are always demanding food, or stuff, or support with something, and of course my time and attention.
It can take a good 45 minutes just to unload the dishwasher some days.
It is also quite clear that planning a full family day out, does not satisfy my kid’s longing for my attention when we get home either!
It seems the more attention I give my kids, the more they need from me, and as all tired parents know, this can leave you in a permanent state of physical and mental burnout.

You’re an overtired mom when …

  • You go to the bathroom but as soon as you leave the room, your kids urgently need to go to the toilet and are so desperate they can’t wait until you’ve finished!
  •  You have a shower with one child on the toilet and one trying to clamber into the shower with you.
  •   You’re cooking a meal, they follow you in and shout requests for drinks and  “how long is tea going to be? ”  every 2 minutes!
  • They never sleep

Parental burnout symptoms

  •  Feeling parental fatigue
  • Being too tired to parent properly
  • Feeling overtired
  • Being an overwhelmed mum or overwhelmed parent
  •  Feeling as if you’re not enjoying motherhood
  • Feeling tired and grumpy most of the time
  • Experiencing lots of stress
  • Sleep disruption and insomnia
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feeling guilty for no reason.
  • Not looking after yourself properly
  • Self-care deficit
  • Not eating properly.
Self-care and emotional self-care are hugely important for tired parents to enable us to recharge and regroup before facing the challenges of another day.

Self-care tips for overtired moms.


Decide how much time you can devote to self-care, per day, week and per month.
If you have a majorly busy family or work life, you may only be able to spend five minutes per day on yourself, that’s ok, pencil it in and book out the time.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you intend to schedule for yourself, the first step is to write it down.
For example: at 9 pm every weeknight schedule five minutes to yourself after the kids have gone to bed. 

Next, write a list of the things you enjoy,  download my beautiful free daily self-care checklist by subscribing to our updates here,  for ideas and activities you can squeeze into 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes,  30 minutes and an hour!


  Self Care Checklist.


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Balancing motherhood and self


Some mornings when I’m up before everyone else in the house, I sit outside with a hot coffee, I find five minutes breathing in the cold, fresh air, invigorating, its precious quiet time before the demands of a busy day.



Five-minute breathing exercise.


Lie on your bed and do a quick five-minute deep breathing session while you’re waiting for the kids to go to sleep. this is a great way to recharge after the craziness of the school pick up and before you start on all those evening chores!
Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes and breathe. Count your breaths in and out until you have counted ten breaths in and ten breaths out, then,  start counting your breaths again from one, repeat this counting pattern for as long as you have time.


Some weeks are more hectic than others, and it’s crucial that on those busy weeks you take time to recharge even if it’s only five minutes a day! It’s surprising just how little time it takes to reset your focus.

  • Five minutes a day adds up to 35 minutes a week


  • 10 minutes a day gives you 70 minutes of self-care per week.


  •  For a busy mum or a workaholic, this can have a hugely positive impact on your stress levels and productivity.

You may like to schedule a few minutes per day, then, a more significant amount of time weekly or monthly if childcare allows, how much or how little you feel you can devote, is up to you, as long as you are doing some self-care practices.

Self-care nutrition

To enable you to feel great and fill up your self-care deficit you need to make sure you are looking after yourself from the inside.

  •  Stay hydrated drink plenty of water, I  feel better after drinking at least 1 litre of water per day.


  • Eat well,  eat plenty of fruit and veg, at least five portions of each per day. Reduce your salt, fat and sugar intake.


  • Avoid sugary drinks replace sugary drinks with sugar-free varieties or plain water.



Self-care tips for tired moms

These suggestions range from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and above. Try to fit at least one into your busy day to help recharge your batteries.

  • 5 minutes deep breathing
  • 5 minutes lying down
  • Paint your nails
  • Read a magazine
  • Sit outside
  • Sit and do nothing
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a shower
  • Read a book
  • Walk the dog
  • Meditate
  • Do some stretches
  • Call a friend
  • Do some yoga
  • Have a long soak in the  bath
  • Go to the gym
  • Go for a run
  • Go for a swim
  • Go for a coffee
  • Meet a friend for lunch
  • Have a brisk walk
  • Take a nap
  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Get a haircut
  • Have a facial or massage.




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